Friday, January 31, 2014

#FridayReads: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art

Out next month, in Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art Paperback, the essayist and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans and the analytic philosopher Jorge J. E. Gracia share long-standing interests in the intersection of art and ideas. Here they take thirteen pieces of Latino art, each reproduced in color, as occasions for thematic discussions. 

Whether the work at the center of a particular conversation is a triptych created by the brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Andrés Serrano's controversial Piss Christ, a mural by the graffiti artist BEAR TCK, or Above All Things, a photograph by María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Stavans and Gracia's exchanges inevitably open out to literature, history, ethics, politics, religion, and visual culture more broadly. 

Autobiographical details pepper Stavans and Gracia's conversations, as one or the other tells what he finds meaningful in a given work. Sparkling with insight, their exchanges allow the reader to eavesdrop on two celebrated intellectuals—worldly, erudite, and unafraid to disagree—as they reflect on the pleasures of seeing.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He has written, edited, and translated many books, including Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. 

 Jorge J. E. Gracia is Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His many books include Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature, Images of Thought: Philosophical Interpretations of Carlos Estévez's Art, and Latinos in America: Philosophy and Social Identity.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Azucar! Kara Walker's Marvelous Sugar Babies Coming to NYC

Kara Walker is one of my foremost favorite artists.

Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg
Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg (Photo: Wikipedia)
 This May she will take over Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory to present Marvelous Sugar Baby, an homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant. Cannot wait!



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Alfonso Cuarón, Best Director

Congrats to the director and his whole movie crew!

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD
Best Director, Motion Picture

Here's a little behind the scenes feature from Warner Bros:


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What will your verse be?

I caught this Apple iPad Air commercial Sunday night and thought it was simply brilliant marketing especially to its intended audience. Apple definitely sets the standard again:



 
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